I am new to Win XP; I used Win98SE before and I just got a new PC with Win
XP Pro. When I started the system the first time and configured XP, I used
my name as the system administrator. Later I discovered that the system by
default seems to create an administrator account with the name
"Administrator", i.e., the system shows the account I created and the
(default?) Administrator account under "Local users and groups". However, I
do not seem to have any way of getting access to this account. For example,
it does not show up as a logon option when the system is started. I
discovered later on that the configuration instructions by Microsoft suggest
to use "Administrator" as the logon name when first configuring XP.
Is there any way of getting rid of this (superfluous?) account?
Even if possible, is it wise to get rid of it, or does the system somehow
depend on its existence even though it is does not seem to be accessible?
I should add that this issue is more one of curious annoyance than of real
concern. My system so far (I've had it running for two days now) seems to
work fine and I could simply ignore the existence of this account. I am
curious, however, why it is there at all.
Perhaps somebody can shed some light on this.
1, the administrator account is hidden from the regular logon screen but it
can be seen when booting in safe mode.
2, the only real advice i can give is to direct you to the following sites
these sites have extensive win xp info and fixes for just about anything one
running XP could ever need (and im sure something about getting rid of the
administrator account) but i wouldnt recomend getting rid of it.
Keep it! Eventually, your account will get screwed up and you're going to
need it to fix things (unless you want to do a new install to fix things).
Good point! Thanks.
Indeed, it is. As relic suggested, this can be used to fix things in safe
> 2, the only real advice i can give is to direct you to the following sites
> these sites have extensive win xp info and fixes for just about anything
> running XP could ever need (and im sure something about getting rid of the
> administrator account) but i wouldnt recomend getting rid of it.
Very useful sites. Found out that TweakUI (see
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/pro/downloads/powertoys.asp) can be used
to make the Administrator account visible. However, it might be best to keep
it hidden and use it only in safe mode in an emergency when things get
Thanks for the help.
1. Use XP power tools from microsoft, and allow users option, where
admin is highlighted, take it off
2. in HKLM\software\microsoft\windows
if there is an admin account there, then place a 0 in the value, or if
no account create one in dword and then add zero as the value, this
will remove the admin from the login screen
"Helmut Haberzettl" <h...@cox.net> wrote in message